Gaming & Culture

From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun?

In case you thought climate catastrophe was a new thing for video games, remember Wind Waker kicks off due to the Great Flood, right? In 2011’s Fate of the World—which leveraged genuine scientific research to build its story—players lead the international organization in charge of managing social, technological and environmental policies. Last year’s Beyond Blue …

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Outer Worlds on Switch: A monumental, messy conversion on weak hardware

Eight months after its launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, The Outer Worlds remains an easy recommendation for a Fallout-caliber single-player adventure (and it’s still part of an Xbox Game Pass subscription). But let’s say you haven’t grabbed the game yet, either because you don’t own those consoles or because you’re waiting for …

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Slay the Spire, the decade’s best deckbuilding game, coming to iOS in June

Slay the Spire‘s success story is a remarkable one. As one of thousands of games to land on Steam in 2017, this fusion of roguelite progression and “deckbuilding” mechanics, made by a heretofore unknown development team out of Seattle, managed to become a phenomenon due entirely to word-of-mouth. The game has since surpassed its “2.0” …

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HBO’s latest terrifying trailer for Lovecraft Country couldn’t be more timely

HBO’s new horror series Lovecraft Country is adapted from the novel by Matt Ruff. With impeccable timing, HBO has dropped a new trailer for its upcoming horror series, Lovecraft Country. The series is based on the 2016 dark fantasy/horror novel, of the same name by Matt Ruff, which deals explicitly with the horrors of racism in …

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Family affairs: Everyone learns they can’t go home again in Killing Eve S3

After being shot and left for dead by Villanelle, Eve (Sandra Oh) is now working in the kitchen of a Korean restaurant. BBC America She’s trying to patch up her marriage to Niko (Owen McDonnell), who is recovering from PTSD. BBC America Villanelle (Jodie Comer) on her wedding day, to a wealthy heiress in Spain. …

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The Last of Us Pt. 2 hands-on: You can’t pet the dog—but you can expect terror

Ahead of our June 12 review of The Last of Us Pt. 2, Naughty Dog has given us the green light to describe a small portion of the PlayStation 4 game. The content in question is a 1.5-hour mission that takes place roughly 12 hours into the full campaign. For many games, this would be …

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Good podcast vibes for the nerdy set: Our recent faves in science, research

Enlarge / Ars’ creative director Aurich Lawson describes this image as: “good vibes, friends, and listening to the reaches of space.” We like to think that fits well with our latest podcast recommendations. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images In some ways, podcasts are among the most quarantine-proof forms of entertainment right now. Maybe some bigger …

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The Vast of Night is an alien encounter film like no other

The official trailer for Amazon’s The Vast of Night. Update: We saw a lot to like at Fantastic Fest last fall—the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, a crazy PhD project on urban evolution turned arthouse horror film—but even among that crowd, a small budget sci-fi flick big on style stood out. Evidently, Amazon also really …

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